COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Latest on Ohio’s selection of cultivators for its medical marijuana program (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

An unsuccessful applicant for an Ohio medical marijuana grower’s license plans to challenge the state’s selection process.

CannAscend Chief Executive Jimmy Gould said in a Thursday statement that his company had discovered significant problems with the state’s license-granting process. He says he will discuss his concerns at a Friday news conference.

The Ohio Department of Commerce on Thursday announced the selection of 12 large cultivators and a final small grower from hundreds of applicants. That rounds out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medicinal marijuana under a new system expected to go live by September.

Large growers paid $20,000 to apply to operate sites up to 25,000 square feet. They’ll pay $180,000 in initial licensing fees and $200,000 a year thereafter.


10:10 a.m.

The tiny village of Mount Orab and the city of Akron are among diverse locations of 12 large growers Ohio has picked for its medical marijuana program.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced the large cultivators and a final small grower Thursday. That rounds out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medicinal marijuana under a new system expected to go live by September.

Large growers paid $20,000 to apply to operate sites up to 25,000 square feet. They’ll pay $180,000 in initial licensing fees and $200,000 a year thereafter.

The 12 chosen growers applied for sites in Brown and Summit counties, the respective homes of Mount Orab’s 3,500 residents and Akron’s roughly 200,000 — as well as Cuyahoga, Lake, Muskingum, Erie, Mahoning, Clark, Stark, Sandusky, Greene and Lawrence.